Our Sixth Form students are jumping for joy today after receiving an outstanding set of A Level results.
A total of 43 students from Ipswich High School are celebrating their A Level results with a 100% pass rate, in which 94% of grades were marked at A* to C – the highest for the last five years.
Two thirds of the students achieved A*-B grades – a 64% increase compared to last year – and the A*-A pass rate increased by 51% compared to 2018.
Oona Carlin, Head of School, said: “I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to all of our Sixth Form pupils who are receiving their A Level results today.
“I am delighted with this improvement in our A Level results, especially as all the A Level examinations sat by students this year were all the newly reformed A Levels, which are more content heavy and challenging than the prior qualifications.
“This increase has been attributed to the focus of students primarily on three core A Levels over two years, which has enabled them to master the content of the qualification, combined with excellence in teaching and learning from many highly qualified teachers, many of whom are examiners.
“I wish them all the best as they take the next step in their education.”
The university courses that students have chosen to study range from psychology and electrical engineering to computer science and product design and furniture.
Two students are preparing to go to the University of Cambridge in September.
Alise Furse, 18, who achieved three A* grades in A Level Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics, an A in Latin and A in AS Classical Greek, has gained a place at the prestigious university to read STEM subject, maths.
She said: “I’m really happy with my results. I worked really hard, especially for the Greek, and I didn’t think I would get that one.
“I stayed up until midnight to find out my STEP result and was delighted to learn I had been accepted to Christ’s College, Cambridge.
“I will be taking fond memories of my time at the school and am grateful to my amazing teachers.”
While Sophie Holloway will also be heading to Newnham College, University of Cambridge to study Classics after achieving an A* in Latin and As in Chemistry, French and AS Classical Greek.
She said: “I am over the moon with my results. With the Cambridge application, there were lots of separate hurdles to overcome but now it suddenly feels real.
“I have been keeping myself busy up until today to try and keep my mind off A Level results.
“I’m celebrating with my family by getting a dog!”
Ms Carlin said: “These Oxbridge successes have been achieved by students who have extended themselves in subjects they were hoping to study by completing a relevant fourth qualification, in this case Further Maths and Classical Greek.”
Meg Day, who received the Elliston Scholarship which is offered to GCSE pupils at local state schools, achieved two As and a B.
Ms Carlin added: “Alise Furse is the first student to be funded by Ipswich High School’s Charitable Foundation which has supported her in her educational journey throughout Sixth Form.
“Both her, and Meg Day’s successes, illustrate the continuing importance to Ipswich High School of offering financial support to students so that they can receive an independent education and, in doing so, realise their academic potential.”
Other success stories include the school’s first computing A Level student, Holly Everson.
Her primary reason for attending Ipswich High School at Sixth Form was to study Computer Science, in which she achieved an A grade and will now study Computer Science at Lancaster University.
Alongside three A Levels, students at Ipswich High School are encouraged to undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which provides a taster of university-style learning as it is an independent research project which can either be a written report or creating a product.
Ms Carlin added: “Results in the EPQ were exceptional with 100% of pupils achieving either an A* or A grade.”
For her EPQ, student Isabelle Tucker, who will be going to Nottingham Trent university to study furniture and product design, built a full-scale shepherd’s hut.
The 18-year-old, who achieved an A* in Design Technology, an A in geography, a C in economics and an A* for her EPQ, said: “I’m shocked but absolutely over the moon with my results as I wasn’t expecting them.
“I’m really pleased with my EPQ grade especially after the time I spent in building the shepherd’s hut – 500 hours so far and I’m hoping to finish it before the end of the summer.
“I’m really excited and a little nervous to be off to university in September.”
It has been a landmark year for Ipswich High School as it welcomed boys into its Sixth Form and Prep School in September 2018, and as a result, moved to offering an education based on the Diamond Model.
The model sees children taught in co-educational classes up to the age of 11 and again at sixth form. However, from 11 to 16 years old, several subjects are taught separately, providing the opportunity to combine the academic benefits of single-sex education with the social advantages of co-education.